Ecumenical Morning Prayer for Lent

 St Leo’s and Sherbrooke Mosspark

14thMarch 2019

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We light our Bethlehem candle and Pray for peace

Loving Father,
We pray for peace in the Holy Land,
For Syria, the Yemen and all the troubled countries
Where people’s lives are threatened or taken from them
by violence or war.
We pray for refugees
And for those who need to show mercy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah 58: 6

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
 and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
 and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,

 

Psalm 94

 Listen to the voice of God.  Harden not your hearts.

Come and sing with joy to God!  Hail the rock who saves us!
Come before him giving thanks,  praise the God who made us.
Listen to the voice of God.  Harden not your hearts.

Come, adore on bended knee, praise the God who made us!
Praise the shepherd of our flock, praise the hand that leads us.
Listen to the voice of God.  Harden not your hearts

“Do not put me to the test, doubting like your fathers
In the desert long ago, when they tried my patience!”
Listen to the voice of God.  Harden not your hearts.

 

Let us pray

Father of us all,
fill us with confidence as we remember what you have done for us,
and the love you have shown us.
And give us the grace to rely on your strength
particularly when our lives are difficult,
and the generosity to show others the goodness that you show us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

From the Gospel according to St Matthew 25:

 

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

 

Reflection

Harp

Intercessions  

 

Let us give thanks to God the Father  for this season in which we prepare for Easter

We pray that during this holy time
he may fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit and make them steadfast in love:
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

May we be fed and satisfied by every word that comes from your mouth.
 Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

Although we would like to do great things for love may we still respond generously
to the tiny opportunities for love that each day brings.
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

Give us the gift of self discipline and restraint so that we can give more
to our poorer sisters and brothers.
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

May we carry your Son’s death around with us  in the way we live:
for through him you have given us life.
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

 

Our Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Blessing: May the Lord bless us, and keep us from all harm,
and may he lead us to eternal life.